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WINDALCO & Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation Sign $9.5M Agreement



Windalco | 2012-04-24 10:03:00

WINDALCO and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAMF) yesterday signed an agreement which will see the Company fully funding an Artificial Reef Project, to the tune of $9.5M at the Three Bays Fish Sanctuary.  WINDALCO’s shipping facility, Port Esquivel, is located in the Portland Bight Protected Area within which the Sanctuary is also situated.

The WINDALCO/C-CAM Foundation partnership was officially launched by the Company’s Managing Director, Leonid Stavitsky who expressed their commitment to protecting and preserving the environment at the official opening of the Foundation’s Field Office in Salt River, Clarendon.     Further details of the company’s involvement were provided by Alicia Burnett, WINDALCO’s Environment, Health and Safety Manager.  “The project will be implemented in three phases.  In the first phase, there will be mobilization of the resources and the commencement of the coral nursery.  In the second phase, the artificial reef will be built and installed and the third phase focuses on monitoring,” she said.  Burnett further added that while the project will be managed by C-CAM, WINDALCO would maintain its involvement through its support of the public education efforts.

Ingrid Parchment, C-CAM’s Executive Director in welcoming the sponsorship stated that overfishing is a major concern along with reef degradation as a result of climate change and other factors.  The project will enhance the livelihood of the fishermen in the area.  “We will be able to improve and increase the fish stock in Jamaica so the fishers will have bigger fish [in larger quantities] to catch,” she said about the management of the Sanctuaries.

WINDALCO’s sponsorship will fund the boundary demarcation, installation of a coral nursery, the purchase of materials for and construction of bio-reef units as well as monitoring and maintenance activities.  
 




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